The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has named the 2017 4R Advocate winners, recognizing five farmer and retailer partnerships who are leading the way in implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices on the farm. This year’s advocates farm 13,200 acres of land using 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices.
“4R Nutrient Stewardship is a top priority for the fertilizer industry, which is committed to enhancing environmental and economic sustainability across their operations – from the production plant to on-farm application,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “Today, we honor those in the industry who are exemplifying this commitment and using the 4R principles to increase yields, improve soils, and decrease fertilizer’s environmental footprint.”
The 2017 Advocates include:
Gary Reeder, Palmetto, Fla.
Dennis Coleman, Crop Production Services, Parrish, Fla.
Kyle Brase, Edwardsville, Ill.
Joe Huebener, CHS Shipman, Shipman, Ill.
Grant Strom, Brimfield, Ill.
Adam Dexter, West Central FS Inc., Williamsfield, Ill.
Dave Legvold, Northfield, Minn.
Ken Thomas, Farmers Mill & Elevator, Inc., Castle Rock, Minn.
Lynn Fahrmeier, Wellington, Mo.
Scott Bergsieker, MFA Incorporated, Lexington, Mo.
These winners will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2017 Commodity Classic, where they will be honored at an awards banquet hosted by TFI. While at Commodity Classic, the advocates will represent the 4R program at the trade show and participated in various interviews. Throughout the year they will also be part of TFI’s outreach efforts to promote nutrient management practices by hosting farm field days, participating in conference panels, and speaking on behalf of 4Rs to their farming peers.